International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

The International English Language Testing Stystem, or IELTS, as it is popularly known, is an English Language proficiency test that is required to be taken by non-native students so as to study in countries where the medium of instruction is English. IELTS is accepted by Universitities in UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. It has become a mandatory test for study in Australia. One cannot be granted an Australian Student Visa without an IELTS score. All other study destinations require one to appear for either the TOEFL or the IELTS.

The IELTS tests all four language skills that are important for effective communication : speaking, listening, reading and writing. The structure of the IELTS is as follows :

Reading (60 minutes) (Scoring scale : 0-9 bands) Reading has 3 passages and 40 questions. Each item is worth one mark.

Listening (30 minutes) (Scoring scale : 0-9 bands) IELTS Listening has four sections, each with 10 questions. Each item is worth one mark.

Speaking (11-14 minutes) (Scoring scale : 0-9 bands) IELTS Speaking is a one-to-one interaction between the candidate and an examiner.

Writing (60 minutes) (Scoring scale : 0-9 bands) It consists of 2 tasks (Writing Tast 1 and Writing Tast 2) and candidates must answer both tasks.

Detailed information about IELTS can be found at www.ielts.org

You can find the IELTS score require for almost all the USA institutions through this link also www.ielts.org/pdf/usa_recognition_list.pdf

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